Friday, April 28, 2023

Pre-Law Fellow: Full-time position for a May 2023 BA/BS graduate!

 Steptoe & Johnson LLP, a Washington, DC-based Am Law 100 law firm, is seeking candidates to join its Pre-Law Fellows Program. This position is based out of the Washington, DC office.

Apply via LinkedIn here:  (this is for the DC office but you can also find the same position open in Los Angeles and San Francisco on LinkedIn if interested)

The Pre-Law Fellow is a two-year position designed for recent college graduates, including upcoming May 2023 graduates, who are considering law school in future. The Pre-Law Fellows Program offers a unique, cross-functional look at the complete scope of law firm operations, providing real-world experience and professional development opportunities for anyone interested in a potential legal career.

Fellows gain a well-rounded experience through assisting lawyers and others by performing tasks in support of specific matters and practice groups, including both substantive work as well as research and business development and support of the firm’s business professional services. Responsibilities may include filing of documents with courts and agencies, monitoring of matter developments and dockets, coordinating document collections and productions, maintaining matter files, and other similar activities.

Sample Opportunities May Include

Pre-Law Fellows take part in enrichment programs created to provide broad exposure to the legal practice as well as prepare them for the law school application process.
  • “Lunch & Learns” with law firm partners, associates, and senior leadership
  • Participation in Summer Associate Program events as appropriate
  • Shadowing lawyers and/or paralegals in deposition, hearings, trials, closings, client meetings, and more
  • Invitations to professional development and training programs as appropriate
  • Participation in firmwide events, both virtual and in-person
  • Designated lawyer mentors
  • Resume workshops
  • “Demystifying the law school application process” panel
  • Substantive responsibilities may differ based on practice group assignments and may include:
  • Work closely with assigned lawyers and paralegals, keeping them apprised of all approaching case deadlines and schedule changes
  • Gather and obtain records or other information from various sources including government agencies, libraries, legislative bodies, associations, and courts
  • Provide data entry support and maintenance on databases and spreadsheets
  • Organize and monitor ongoing and ad hoc responsibilities according to priorities and ensures that established schedules and deadlines are met
  • Provide overflow assistance to other project assistants and paralegals
  • Prepare and submit time entries on a daily basis, and other firm accounting documentation, as required, and in accordance with established Firm policy
Non-Essential Functions
  • Provide coverage when paralegals are unavailable
  • Handle special pro bono and client development projects
  • Complete other duties as assigned
  • Four-year college degree required
  • Will also consider May 2023 college graduates available to start in Summer 2023
Success Factors
  • Attention to detail: avoid common and frequent mistakes; complete complex projects and tasks without error
  • Excellent computer skills: full facility with Microsoft Office and all other software packages that are part of the Firm’s core suite; accurate typing of at least 60 wpm
  • Excellent work ethic: ensures that all work is completed on a timely basis, maintains attendance and punctuality at a high level, available for work outside of normal business hours as needed
  • Interpersonal skills: ability to interact professionally with partners and staff at all levels of the organization as well as clients
  • Professionalism: exercises skill, sound judgment, and demonstrates competence in all aspects of the role including conduct, appearance, and demeanor
  • Impeccable communication and organizational skills: excellence in both written and oral communications whether in person, on the phone, or email; able to prioritize and multitask in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines; able to organize self and work environment for efficiency and ready access to critical information
Work Environment
  • Non-Smoking environment
  • Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule
  • Available to work in the office 9:00 - 5:30 pm Monday through Friday.
  • Extra weekday and weekend hours may be required for special programs or events
  • Must be available to work beyond regular hours when necessary
  • Must be able to work under tight deadlines and stressful situations
  • Must be able to comply with all safety requirements in our workplace which may include provision of proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 and adherence to other safety protocols implemented
  • Must be willing to travel as required, on short or extremely limited notice, to various firm offices, courthouses, or other locations in support of the firm’s clients
  • Please include a cover letter or document with your application indicating your Steptoe location preference[s]
The anticipated base salary for this position is $60,000. The actual base salary offered will be dependent upon the applicant’s experience and qualifications, as well as other job-related factors, including but not limited to, relevant skills, education, certifications or other professional licenses held, and if applicable, geographic location.

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